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Cal Poly Freshman Austin Liu Earns First Career Top-20 Finish

Cal Poly Freshman Austin Liu Earns First Career Top-20 Finish
 
EWA BEACH, O'ahu, Hawai'i -- Cal Poly freshman Austin Liu earned his first collegiate top-20 finish with a two-under-par 214 total at the Hoakalei Country Club Invitational on Wednesday.
 
Liu (pictured at right) finished in a tie for 19th place with five other golfers, carding a final-round 73 after posting a 70 on Monday and a 71 on Tuesday. His scoring average for the season dropped to 73.3 over 12 rounds.
 
Liu recorded three birdies and four bogeys in his final round on the 7,248-yard, par-72 course.
 
As a team, Cal Poly struggled with a pair of triple-bogeys and a quadruple-bogey on the cards Wednesday. The Mustangs, who also posted three double-bogeys, recorded a final-round four-person 305 aggregate and a 27-over-par 891 total for 19th place.
 
Cal Poly was five under par early in the second round of play Tuesday and in the top 10 of the 20-team field, including three teams ranked in the top 50, before falling back.
 
"Our team struggled to keep momentum after the first 24 holes or so and lost some confidence and pressed until the end," said Mustang head coach Scott Cartwright. 
 
"Four freshman got some great experience this fall and will better understand what it takes to be competitive in the spring," Cartwright added.
 
East Tennessee breezed to a nine-stroke team victory over Ole Miss with a 273 total Wednesday and an 835 aggregate for 54 holes. Louisville was another shot back in third place.
 
Individual top honors went to Shiso Go of East Tennessee State with rounds of 66, 70 and 66 for a 14-under-par 202 total and a five-shot victory over four other golfers sharing second place.
 
Loyola Marymount's Raymond Navis carded a hole-in-one on the 190-yard par-3 sixth hole Wednesday.
 
Cal Poly's other scores in the final round were a 79 by Nicholas Mok for a 223 total and 73rd place, a 75 by Tanner Podres and a 78 by Joseph Moles as they shared 98th place with 230 totals, and an 82 by Luke Adam for a 232 total and 102nd place. 
 
All but Podres are freshmen.
 
Liu was seventh in par-3 scoring at even par and his 13 birdies were 12th in the field of 114 golfers.
 
The Mustangs are idle for over three months, returning to the course for their spring opener Feb. 10-11 at the Orange County Collegiate Classic hosted by UC Irvine on the South Course of the Coto de Caza Country Club in Coto de Caza, Calif.